February 2, 2006

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We Are Scientists, With Love And Squalor

Virgin, 2005

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The past three months have been a intense debate in the blogging world as tracks from the We Are Scientists debut have been materializing on the Internet.

But the debate is over, We Are Scientists rock!

With Love And Squalor is a clever and quirky cocktail that embodies the best under-the-radar sounds of 2005. Which pretty much means they sound like a mish-mash of Bloc Party and The Killers or insert your own combination of 2005 indie rock artists. The chemistry almost always works.

But not to say We Are Scientists are hacks. They do it with a sense of finesse and geeky humor that is often not found outside the mainstream. Each track delivers a single -like formula that you would expect from Franz Ferdinand; unfortunately few songs give you a radio-worthy feeling, nor do they deliver as much kinetic energy.

But what they lack in energy, they make up with thought-provoking and sometimes comical lyrics. “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” kicks it up a notch as the album opener, with one of the most perplexing choruses in recent memory, and fills every aural space possible with ragged guitars. “Inaction” and “Can’t Lose” are the masterpieces of the album that speak directly to every recent college grad being pushed into the real world.

Unlike other hyped-up releases (cough-Cloud Room!), With Love And Squalor is an interesting debut that delivers what has been promised.

— Dan Brian